Lorraine Eason ~ 1920s Starlet


Lorraine Eason

Lorraine Eason was born on August 27, 1904 in Norfolk, Virginia. Her father worked for the government and the family often moved. She was educated in Panama and New York. When she was a teenager she took dancing lessons and moved to Hollywood to become an actress. She was a runner-up in Photoplay's "New Faces" contest in 1922. Lorraine made her film debut in the 1923 drama The Temple of Venus. She would appear as an extra in more than a dozen films. Florenz Ziegfeld offered her a featured role in his Ziegfeld Follies but she turned it down. Instead she danced in the chorus of Marilyn Miller's stage show Sunny. In 1925 she was chosen to attend Paramount Pictures "School For Stars" in Astoria. Lorraine was supposed to star in The King On Main Street but she was replaced by Bessie Love. Then she was cast as the female lead in We're In The Navy Now opposite Wallace Beery.

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She also appeared in the Westerns The Grey Devil and Riders Of The Sand Storm. F.B.O. Pictures signed her to a five year contract in 1926. Lorraine starred in numerous comedy shorts including Boys Will Be Girls, New Faces For Old, and The Beauty Parlor series with Thelma Hill. Unhappy with the roles she was being offered she decided to quit acting. Her final film was the 1928 comedy Must We Marry. She was engaged to Detroit businessman Harry Elsner but they broke up. In 1933 Lorraine married Captain Harold A. White, an Olympic athlete and Army Intelligence officer. They moved to Georgia and remained together until Harold's death in 1973. The couple had no children. Lorraine died on October 24, 1986 at the age of eighty-two. She is buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Thomasville, Georgia.

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